Does Cyber Week already have your mind and body in a blur of impulse buying mode? Grab a drink, settle in for this post, and calm down fam. Making smart buying decisions is important no matter who you’re shopping for. Think about gifts we end up re-gifting throughout the year, the piles of clothes we ship off to consignment, you name it: cyber week madness that went totally awry. The good news? There’s a solution. This week, amid a sea of marketing emails from every retailer you’ve ever online shopped with and the endless sea of social posts on holiday gifting, I give you something a little different. Cyber Week deals that are actually worth the investment, at any price point.
#1: Cyber Week Skincare Deals
Skincare is one of the best investments you can make in the beauty realm. I personally would rather spend more on skincare than makeup, because of it’s return on how youthful you’ll look. Skip the pricy brow pencil for a drugstore option, and add that serum to your cart. Your skin will thank you later.
Ren Skincare: One of my go-to clean/cruelty free brands is taking 25% off site-wide from the 23rd-25th. My top picks include the Perfect Canvas Primer, Evercalm Ultra Comforting Mask, and the Global Protection Day Cream.
Glow Recipe: This is one of my favorite Korean beauty brands, and you’ll be able to take 25-40% off from the 21st-26th. My staples include the Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask, and the matching moisturizer.
Sephora: While Sephora will not have a blanket sale, they offer KILLER value sets, which make for a very great year-long investment in your skin. Best return on investment? The Dyson Hair Set, Peter Thomas Roth Get Drenched Set, and the T3 Whirl Trio Wand Set (say goodbye to the bulk of 3 full size curlers).
#2: Cyber Week Home Deals
Buying seasonal items is all fun and games until you end up tossing it at the end of the season. When it comes to shopping during the holidays, I love to take the opportunity to use the sales to upgrade my current staples like bedding, furniture, and rugs. Did you know I’ve never spent full price on any of my nice furniture or beds? Check out my go-to retailers below.
Hudson Park Collection Sateen Iron Free 500TC Sheets: My bed is my sanctuary, and place I spend the most time while at home. Sound like anyone you know? Whether it’s watching TV, writing, eating: I want it to feel SUPER luxurious. Don’t let the 500TC fool you: these feel like 1000+TC, and what’s greater is they’re iron-free. There’s nothing I hate more than wrinkled sheets, especially when they’re right out of the dryer. My sheets have also lasted YEARS. I replace them every 4 years or so since mine are white, and I like them to be extra bright.
Nespresso Vertuo Bundle: This baby has saved me over $5,000 in Starbucks runs over the past 5 years. I can make ACTUAL lattes/caps at home, and not feel the FOMO of frothy coffees on the way to work. This model is on sale for over 60% off, and a great investment for anyone on your gift list.
#3: Stocking Stuffers People Will Actually Use
Goodbye shit gifts. I hate buying random stuff for gifts, knowing full well most of it will go to waste. Quit wasting your friends and family’s time with these killer gifts they’ll actually use.
Bite Beauty Sweet Treats Agave Lip Set: Guy or lady, dry lips are a serious THANG this season. For $12, you can get a balm, mask, and scrub which will work wonders for anyone on your list.
S’Well Water Bottle: This bottle is great for the festival lover of your group (hello, sneaking in ice cold mixed drinks to basically anywhere), athlete, and anyone in between. It keeps your drinks hot or cold, and doesn’t break like other cheap plastic options. I use mine daily at work for water and coffee. PLUS: take an extra 20% off with my Carbon38 code MGRAGG50.
#4: Self Gifting/Care
What’s Cyber Week without a few little pieces in the bag for yourself? The following pieces are ones that I get complimented on all the time, or pieces that I use daily, making the cost per wear virtually free.
Saint Laurent Card Case: This is the black version of my current card case, and it goes EVERYWHERE with me. It’s great for daily commuting, making it easy to use my MetroCard while commuting or in my bigger bags for easy access to my basic cards.
StockX: Think of it as the stock market for things: initially for sneakers/streetwear, and now HANDBAGS/watches. Supreme for lowest market rate? Those Balenciaga sock sneaks for less than $700? Market rate for any Chanel handbag? You got it. I prefer to buy from here for major handbag purchases, as I can bid and make my own lower offers on items, unlike the traditional designer consignment sites.
Jacket: Moya III Oversize Leather & Shearling Jacket, The Arrivals
Leggings: Ruffle Ankle Leggings, c/o Carbon38
Sneakers: Yeezy Boost 350 v2, Adidas in Triple White
Primer: Ambient Light Correcting Primer, Hourglass in Luminous Light
Foundation: The Influencer Clean Longwear Foundation, Sunday Riley in 140
Highlighter: Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter, Fenty Beauty in Lightning Dust/Fire Crystal
Blush: Air Blush Soft Glow Duo, Marc Jacobs Beauty in Lines & Last Night
Eyes: Naked Petite Heat Palette, c/o Urban Decay
Lashes: Ardell Wispies, Target
Lips: Soft Matte Liquid Lipstick, Lawless Beauty in George
Nails by Jenny at Nails On 7th (Cardi B’s personal nail artist!)
Photos by Alix of Alix Kramer Photography